Handy Guide

Our handy guide to making the most of your holiday.

Porthminster Beach St Ives, Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Beach and Coastline

There is a wealth of sandy beaches to explore – St Ives Bay has miles and miles of coastline stretching all the way to Godrevy Lighthouse.  The nearest beach is Carbis Bay – Blue Flag award winner, then there are Lelant, Hayle and St Ives beaches within 10 minutes drive.  Check out more details on the beaches here.

Carbis Bay Beach, St Ives, Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Ocean Sports Centre

The sheltered sandy beach at Carbis Bay and another great watersports centre where you can try kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, Hawaiian canoes or sail a topper.  A watery adventure for all the family!

Surfing - Adam Gibbard VisitCornwall

Gwithian Academy of Surf

On Gwithian Beach – where the Atlantic swell breaks – the surf school makes the most of an excellent beach to test out your wave riding skills.  Hire boards and book surf lessons.

Yoga on the rocks

Yoga & Wellbeing

There is a Retreat Spa nearby, with treatments and drop in fitness classes including yoga and pilates available, as well as leisure facilities including an indoor pool.  Handy for a little holiday pampering!

Mussels - credit Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Places to eat and drink

There are lots of fantastic restaurants to tempt your tastebuds.  Una Kitchen is within easy walking distance – just opposite the farm entrance.  La Casita down the road offers tapas and Spanish food.  Carbis Bay Hotel has a pizzeria and takeaway right on the beach.  Check out more restaurants on the St Ives Tourism Association website.

St Ives Food Festival - credit Lizzie Churchill


From the Swellboard Shootout, Food and Drink Festival and the ancient tradition of Feast Day – there’s plenty going on throughout the year.  Check out this years events.

Tate St Ives - credit Ian Kingsnorth VisitCornwall

Tate St Ives

Winner of the 2018 Musuem of the Year, and even bigger and better since its award winning extension – see internationally renowned artists, including those linked to St Ives, in this flagship gallery.

Barbara Hepworth Museum - credit tbc

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Discover the magical home and unique garden of one of the key members of the St Ives school of artists – Barbara Hepworth.  A fantastic display of sculptures in bronze, stone and wood is on show in her home, studio and garden in the heart of St Ives.  Visit her workshop with tools and works in progress, preserved since her death in 1975.

Minack Theatre storytelling Surfing - credit VisitCornwall

Arts and Culture

There are galleries, ceramic studios – including the Bernard Leach Pottery & Museum, theatres and workshops.  Try your hand at pottery, dip into an art workshop, take in a performance at the cliffside Minack Theatre or catch the sensational Kids R Us youth theatre.